WELCOME to the Hilton Head Island Rotary Club.

We are a club of 150+ members located on beautiful Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Chartered in 1967, the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island is the area's largest and oldest civic and service organization. The Club's members represent leaders in the business, professional, nonprofit, educational, governmental and retirement communities who share a common commitment to community service.
Thank you for visiting our website, we'd love to have you visit in person. Our meetings are held Thursdays at 12:30pm at the Sea Pines Country Club.

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Hilton Head Island Rotary Projetcs

Club Projects: Impressive History Of Community Service
Contributions to the community total more than $1.7 million.


Rotary Club of Hilton Head Honored at District Conference

The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island was recognized with several awards at Rotary District 7770's Annual Conference in Charleston.

The awards were:

  1. top large club of the year, which they have won twice in three years;
  2. best website;
  3. best "House of Friendship" exhibit;
  4. Presidential Citation with Distinction;
  5. Club Leadership Citation; and
  6. Rotary Foundation District Service Award.

In addition, member David Tirard was named District Rotarian of the Year and member Sandee Brooks was designated District Governor for the 2016-17 Rotary year.

The club, which has 150 members, is always seeking new members who are committed to volunteering their time and talents. Details: Contact Joe Chappell for more information.

District Rotarian of the Year David Tirard and Hilton Head Island club president Paul Walter

District Rotarian of the Year David Tirard and Hilton Head Island club president Paul Walter with the club's multiple awards for 2013-14.

Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame

Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame Accepting Nominations as of May 1 2014

The Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame permanently enshrines the visionary people of the past and present who have had a lasting and extraordinary impact on our community.  The process to select the 2014 incoming class begins May 1, 2014.

Who can nominate? Anyone can submit a nomination for the Hall of Fame! The Nomination Form is available on the Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame website: or on the Hilton Head Rotary website: All nominations must be submitted by May 31, 2014.  It is an opportunity for your voice to be heard regarding those who had a lasting impact to our community.

Once all the nominations are received, an anonymous group of longtime community members will make the final selection.  The honorees will be celebrated with a Hall of Fame concert to be held later in the Fall.

Please visit the Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame located at the Coastal Discovery Museum where the Hall of Fame wall and plaques are located.  Previous honorees are Charles Fraser, Charles Simmons, Sr., Charlotte Heinrichs, Fred Hack, Sr., Thomas Barnwell and Will “Billie” Hack.  Please visit and learn more about the wonderful history of our island and those who made it possible.

The Rotary Club of Hilton Head launched the inaugural Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame program in the fall of 2012. 

Rotary Teamwork Enables New Approach to Eradicating Polio   April, 2014   

Credit for launching a new approach to encouraging polio vaccinations in Pakistan can be traced half way around the world to the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island, S.C   The club, at the suggestion of member Brian Julius, CEO of Speaking Books, Inc., had funded a book to address the issue of mental illness and suicide in Julius’s native South Africa.  Upon presentation of that project’s success, PDG club member Bernie Riedel posed the simple question: “Why wouldn’t this work for educating people about the importance of polio vaccinations in Pakistan and Nigeria, the two remaining targets for worldwide polio eradication?” 

The power of the Rotary International network was put into motion!  In October 2013, 5000 colorful and message-driven speaking books, recorded in Urdu and Pashto, were delivered to Pakistan with the expectation of reaching more than 100,000 residents who do not have reading skills.  And discussions continue with Nigerian officials for a similar intervention.      Read More ... 

Speaking Books used to Eradicating Polio

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Rotarians and Volunteers Needed for the Heritage Golf Tournament: April 14 - 20, 2014

  1. Bus Greeter Duty: Visitors park in designated lots in Sea Pines and take busses to the golf course. While riding the bus, they are welcomed by a Rotarian, who shares information about the tournament, the weather, the rules of golf etiquette, getting back to their cars, etc. A suggested "script" is provided to guide your talk.. This task requires only sitting and riding, and there are a multitude of shifts to fill.
  2. Fore Caddie: This task requires standing for 4-6 hours along the fairways of designated holes to help spot where balls land during the Monday afternoon and all day Wednesday Pro-Am events. The benefit of this job is you actually get to see all the golfers as they play your hole.
  3. NEW! Harbourtown Ticket Sales.  Volunteers will work in four hour shifts, sitting near the course processing the sale of tickets as needed. (It will be easy to watch the tournament after the shift as you will be already on the course!)

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Birdies for Heritage

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Birdies for Charity   Heritage Golf: April 14 - 20, 2014

Twenty Percent Return On Your Investment!

It’s time for the RBC Heritage Golf Classic and that means Birdies for Charity. Each year the Heritage Classic Foundation adds a very generous match of 20% to all the pledges/donations you make to our Club’s Rotary Charitable Programs Fund. You can pledge a set amount or so many cents per birdie. Say you pledge $0.05 per birdie made during the tournament, you would contribute $60 during an average year and the Club will receive $72. If all members participated at this level, the club would gain over $10,000 Help our club do more good in our community right now. Click here for details!

Rotary in Motion

2013-14 Major Project Initiative

The major project selected for the 2013-14 Rotary year is to build a home for a deserving family in The Glen with Habitat For Humanity

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Rotary In Motion, groundbreaking for the Habitat site.

Ground breaking March 4, 2014

Upcoming Events!

Hilton Head Island High School Career Day:  We are looking for volunteers to participate in a Hilton Head Island High School Career Day panel discussion.  It is being held March 31, starting at 1pm and lasting about two hours.  The objective is to introduce students to various careers and to inspire them in their future pursuits.  Each volunteer will present a brief discussion about what they do/did, how they got to that position, and the benefits they gained from pursuing that field of interest.  Then, there will be an opportunity for individual Q & A time between our volunteers and interested students.  Our members who participated last year found this experience very enriching for themselves and the students.  See Dave Ruckno if you would like to participate.
March 31, 2014
Heritage Golf Tournament
April 14-20, 2014
Board Meetings—New and Current
April 21, 2014
Night at the Races at Callahan's
May 2, 2014
Rotary Leadership Institute—Lvl. 1 at Bluffton
May 3, 2014
Safety Town
Sept. 6, 2014

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